A Former Schools Chief Shapes Her Comeback
Michelle Rhee announced her exciting next move on Oprah yesterday: www.oprah.com/oprahshow/Michelle-Rhees-Big-Annoucement-Video. Here's a NYT article on it, which quotes DFER's Joe Williams:
"If there's anyone who can raise a billion for this, it's going to be Michelle," said Joe Williams, the executive director of Democrats for Education Reform, recalling that Ms. Rhee was greeted like a rock star at a political event his group hosted a couple of years ago in Denver.
¶ Joel I. Klein, the departing New York City schools chancellor, credited Ms. Rhee's outspokenness and media presence — she is a principal figure in the hit education documentary "Waiting for 'Superman' " — with raising the profile of education issues.
¶ "I never thought I'd say this, but education has become sexy in America, partly because of Michelle," Mr. Klein said.
¶ Despite her setback in Washington, Ms. Rhee is not tempering any of the fire that sometimes made her divisive.